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Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
animals

Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.
environment

The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Aussie watchdog probes Facebook smart glasses

This undated image recived by AFP on Septemner 8, 2021, courtesy of Ray-Ban and Facebook, shows a model wearing smart glasses by Facebook and Ray Ban. - Facebook and iconic eyewear brand Ray-Ban launched their new smart glasses, the latest effort in a tricky, niche market but which the social media giant sees as a step toward its future. The "Ray-Ban Stories" shades can take pictures and video upon the wearer's voice commands, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook's platform through an app. (Photo by Handout / Ray-Ban and Facebook / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ray-Ban and Facebook" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Australia’s privacy watchdog is investigating whether Facebook’s hidden-camera sunglasses could be used to spy on people without their knowledge or consent

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.
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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

Alcott claims historic Golden Slam

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Dylan Alcott of Australia celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Niels Vink of the Netherlands to complete a 'Golden Slam' during their Wheelchair Quad Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Wheelchair tennis champ Dylan Alcott has achieved what no other man has – a Golden Slam – after his latest victory in the US on what was a big day for Aussie sports stars

What stories really matter to you?

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation
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Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Cheeky duck learns human insult

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.
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Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar

Stunt pilot’s daring world-first tunnel flight

The plane flew through the road tunnels.
just for fun

Flying at an average speed of 245km/h, there was no room for error when Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa became the first person to fly a plane through a road tunnel. Watch the video

Covid vaccine race is finally on

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021
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Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Do you know your vegetables?

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand
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Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

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It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

Why Aussie kids love audio books

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
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Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

New class of planet could host life

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.
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They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
health

That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.
sport

If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

‘Scooter’ our hero of Tokyo Games

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 31: Grant Patterson of Team Australia celebrates with the silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke - SB2 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Australia has fallen in love with Paralympic swimmer Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson and not just because he was one of 12 Aussies to score medals in one big day in Tokyo

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
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China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

AFL Grand Final is heading west

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: A general view of play during the round one AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
sport

It’s official, the AFL Grand Final will not be played at the MCG for the second year in a row, this time heading to Perth

Pocket money gender gap

Kristy Bautista, mum to Mila (9) and Evie (7), gives her daughters $2 for emptying the dishwasher and more for helping with other chores. She thinks it is good to teach kids about the value of saving their money.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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When it comes to pocket money, one gender gets more than the other – and the Aussie kids given the most cash are also revealed

Four-legged whale fossil found in Egypt

Paleontologists discover four-legged whale fossil, name it Phiomicetus anubis after Egypt's god of death
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The 43-million-year-old fossil of a fierce, four-legged whale species has been named after the ancient Egyptian god of death

Find the 2021 Short Story Comp entry form here

Kids News Short Story Competition logo 1
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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021. Get our online entry form and more information here

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

Author’s golden rules of story planning

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition
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Planning only adds to the fun and creativity of writing, according to Australian author Katrina Nannestad. Follow her five steps to planning a brilliant story for the Kids News Short Story Comp

Vegemite smell a key part of site’s heritage

AUSTRALIA has been surviving lock down by turning to one of its most iconic spreads - VEGEMITE. The brand has seen sales of its products during the lockdown skyrocket by more than 55 per cent across the country compared to the same time last year. Alex 6 enjoying his Vegemite by the spoonful while at home.   Picture: David Caird
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Heritage is more than just buildings and other things we can see from the past, with a local council recognising the heritage value of the smell of Vegemite being made at an old Kraft factory

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
space

After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

Dees win, the sixth reason to leave home

Mark Knight cartoon on Melbourne finishing on top of the ladder during lockdown
sport

Melbourne footy supporters have had to wait 57 years to see their team finish on top of the ladder. Cartoonist Mark Knight jokes that surely that’s another reason to leave home during lockdown

Cyclists score first of six Aussie golds

(L-R) Australia’s latest Gold Medalists Emily Petricola and Paige Greco. Day 01of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Paralympics Australia / Day1  Tokyo Japan :  Wednesday 25th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
sport

Australia’s cyclists started a gold rush on a spectacular first day of Paralympic competition which saw Australia scoop six gold medals and soar to the top of the medal table

More Aussie kids need glasses

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured is Georgie Payne and Clementine Schofield, both 7yo, who wear glasses. For a story on the increasing number of youngsters needing glasses due to heightened screen time in lockdown. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Digital technology is here to stay, but rising numbers of Australian students are copping the impact of screens right between the eyes

Good news in NAPLAN results

Naplan results show vic kids doing best in the country. Family with three kids in primary school, two did naplan. L-R Jude 6, Jasmine 13 and Elijah 10 are very happy with Victorias results at their home in Blackburn North.  Picture Rebecca Michael.
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Australian primary school students should pat themselves on the back, as 2021 NAPLAN results suggest pandemic disruptions have not hampered performance

Paralympics kick off in blaze of colour

Opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
For Kids News
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A spectacular opening ceremony has marked the start of the Tokyo Paralympics. Now get ready for another medal rush for Australia

Teen takes flight in world record bid

British-Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford, 19, waves before taking off for a round-the-world trip in a light aircraft, in bid to become the youngest to fly solo round-the-world in Wevelgem on August 18, 2021. - Rutherford will fly a Shark ultralight, the world’s fastest light sport aircraf during her circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)
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Teenage pilot Zara Rutherford has taken to the skies to inspire women of tomorrow to study STEM subjects today

Milk is cream of the crop for bones

Teddy 7, and Millie Hawkins, 9 drinking milk for Healthy Bones week. Picture: Tim Carrafa
ask healthy harold

It’s Healthy Bones Action Week and Healthy Harold is encouraging kids to think about their bones. Find out more about bone health and send your questions to Healthy Harold

Bear attack survivor going for Tokyo gold

Australia's Table Tennis Team new addition Lin Ma practicing prior to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Paralympics Australia / Day -4 Tokyo Japan :  Friday 20th Aug 2021 © Sport the library / Greg Smith / PA
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Like many Paralympians about to compete in Tokyo, Ma Lin has faced many challenges. But few have a story as unique as this table tennis player who lost an arm in a bear attack as a child

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
health

Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Famous authors urge kids to get writing

Grade 4 student Olivia Green, 9yo, pictured in Eureka Stockade Gardens, Ballarat East is preparing to enter the Kids News Short Story Competition again this year after scoring a Highly Commended for her story, Covid Cooking, last year. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Thinking of entering our Short Story Competition like student Olivia Green? Check out these words of wisdom from one of the world’s great storytellers and some of our leading local authors

Olympian sells medal to save baby’s life

Silver medallist Poland's Maria Andrejczyk celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for  the women's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)
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Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has a heart of gold, selling her Tokyo Olympics silver medal to fund lifesaving surgery for a sick baby she has never met

Find your perfect book for Book Week

The Travelling Bookshop - Mim and the Baffling Bully by Katrina Nannestad. Book cover image. For Kids News
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Books can change your life. Just ask the characters in Katrina Nannestad’s newest series, The Travelling Bookshop. Celebrate Book Week and start reading the first story in the series here

Weird creatures that could be state’s official fossil

Finished reconstruction of extinct Australian megafauna, Palorchestes. One of a series of developmental illustrations. For Kids News
civics

Some states are adopting official fossils to join their traditional animal and flora emblems. See what relics are in the running to become the official fossil of Victoria

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Playground ban stirs up memories of the Fun Police

Mark Knight playground closure cartoon. For August 18, 2021.
health

The closure of Melbourne’s playgrounds to combat Covid-19 reminded cartoonist Mark Knight of being labelled the Fun Police when he used to tell his kids it was time to go home

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
sport

Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

The power of puppy love

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN, Speak to Manny before using Pebbles the cavoodle and Onni the parrot are great friends and hang out together.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Aussies have been feeling the love from the nation’s pets throughout the pandemic, a new study shows

Teen money matters in a cashless world

Springfield Anglican College Year 11 student Abigail Lowden, Thursday, August 12, 2021 - Picture: Richard Walker
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Parents are worried the shift to a cashless society means teens aren't learning the value of money. How smart are you with money? 

Apes mind their manners with each other

EMBARGOED - DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PICTURE DESK - HOLDING UNTIL FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER-, Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee family recently welcomed the arrival of a female baby chimpanzee to mum Naomi with the name soon to be revealed. Picture: Toby Zerna Born on Wednesday at Taronga Zoo, chimpanzee infant Niambi was named after the Swahili word meaning ‘melody’ to reflect her unique call, which is already making rounds with the other chimps.
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New research has found that apes have a system of good manners that includes polite practices like saying hello and goodbye

Teens share golden rules of gaming

Parents sharing video gaming with their children is not only fun but can help keep them safe online. For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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A new gaming safety guide for kids and their parents has some real expert input – a group of teenage gamers

Six secrets of a winning short story

Amaeh Reed, 13yrs, Brisbane school girl, has won the Kids News short story competition two years in a row, on Thursday 12th August 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021! Check out reigning champ Amaeh Reed’s top writing tips and get your story in with our online entry form

Tusk tests reveal mammoth’s life journey

An illustration of an adult male woolly mammoth navigates a mountain pass in Arctic Alaska, 17,100 years ago. The image is produced from an original, life-size painting by paleo artist James Havens, which is housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
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A woolly mammoth’s life and travels 17,000 years ago have been detailed for the first time after a study of one of its well preserved tusks. Welcome to Science Week!

NASA charts course of risky asteroid

(FILES) This NASA file image obtained August 11, 2020 shows an artist's rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending towards asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface. - The big day has arrived for the American probe Osiris-Rex: after four years of travel, it will hit the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020 to pick up a few tens of grams of dust, a high-precision operation 320 million kilometers away from Earth . (Photo by Handout / NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GODDARD/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is heading home after its mission to collect asteroid samples has helped scientists better understand one of the most hazardous space rocks in our solar system

Sunny enjoys sweet taste of success

Burnie teenager Sunny Beatson opened his own doughnut business, BeaDoughs, during COVID pandemic. Started in his family kitchen, expanded to a proper shopfront and business is booming.
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Sunny Beatson, 17, started making doughnuts to beat lockdown boredom, now he’s about to open his second shop

‘Vaccas’ drive through serves up Covid jabs

Mark Knight cartoon on drive-through vaccination centre
health

Cartoonist Mark Knight couldn’t resist comparing Australia’s first drive through Covid-19 vaccination centre with fast good favourite Maccas

Two hours of screen time hurts health

Patrick Hindhaugh, 13, tries to balance his screen time. Picture: Mark Stewart
health

Just two hours on a screen is enough to cause health problems in girls, a new global study has found. But it’s a slightly different story when it comes to boys

China’s wandering elephants head home

PU'ER, CHINA - AUGUST 07: A herd of wild Asian elephants strolls through a village at Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County on August 7, 2021 in Pu'er, Yunnan Province of China. (Photo by Wang Zhengpeng/VCG via Getty Images)
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After an epic journey followed by millions of fans around the world, China’s weary herd of wandering elephants is homeward bound ahead of World Elephant Day

Biggest Aussie pterosaur was a ‘fearsome beast’

Australia’s largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-metre wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland., , University of Queensland PhD candidate Tim Richards, from the Dinosaur Lab in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, led a research team that analysed a fossil of the creature’s jaw, discovered on Wanamara Country, near Richmond in North West Queensland. Picture University of Queensland
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Queensland palaeontologists say Australia’s largest flying reptile was a savage pterosaur with a taste – and the jaws – for the catch of the day

Global climate changing by degrees

This handout image obtained via the Nature Publishing website on April 24, 2018 shows melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice in the Central Arctic.   Sea ice traps large amounts of microplastics and transports them across the Arctic Ocean according to a study in Nature Communications this week. This finding demonstrates that sea ice can act as a temporary sink for microplastics, and confirms that large amounts may be released into the ocean as climate change leads to increased sea ice melting. / AFP PHOTO / Alfred Wegener Institut AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Stefan HENDRICKS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING / ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE
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Experts say the international effort to limit global warming by keeping temperature rises to two degrees by 2060 is under pressure

Wanted: people to live like Martians

This photo provided by ICON and NASA in August 2021 shows a proposal for the Mars Dune Alpha habitat on Mars. To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha - a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D-printer, and inside a building at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures. Image: ICON/NASA
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NASA is looking for four people to spend a year in a Mars habitat created by a 3D printer here on Earth to help it understand the challenges astronauts will face when they blast off to the red planet

What is the Census all about?

CENSUS A 10x10 Collage of 100 unique faces, including people from a wide range of ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds, they are all from different walks of life.
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The story of our nation is updated every five years at Census time – and what a strange chapter this one promises to be as people around Australia continue to live, work and learn through Covid

Kindness shone through competition in Tokyo

Isaiah Jewett L of the United States and Nijel Amos of Botswana fall down during the Men's 800m Semi-Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 1, 2021. (Photo by Jia Yuchen/Xinhua via Getty Images)
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Wow, what a Games! The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics were certainly worth the wait, with countless golden moments, epic sporting feats and some heartwarming acts of kindness

How Pluto lost its place as a planet

KIDS NEWS: Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto. Picture: NASA.
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It has been 15 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, but some of us who grew up counting nine planets in our solar system are having a hard time letting go

Skateboarder lands record-equalling gold

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Keegan Palmer of Team Australia competes during the Men's Park Final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Teenager Keegan Palmer has won Australia’s first Olympic skateboarding medal and our 17th gold at the Tokyo Games, equalling our record set in Athens in 2004

Meet Australia’s youngest First Nations filmmaker

KIDS NEWS: Penelope Towney is a seven-year-old Wiradjuri girl who has made her first short film to celebrate First Nations culture. Picture: Katelyn Slyer.
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Wiradjuri girl Penelope Towney is just seven-years-old, but the Year 2 student from the Illawarra region of NSW has already made a short film celebrating her family’s country and culture

Smelly theory behind the origin of Earth’s oxygen

grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park, wyoming, united states (44?26'n, 110?39'w). situated on a volcanic plateau straddling the states of montana, idaho, and wyoming, yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. created in 1872, it covers 9,000 km2 and contains the world?s largest concentration of geothermic sites. grand prismatic spring, 112 m in diameter, is the park?s largest hot pool. the colour spectrum after which it is named is caused by the presence of cyanobacteria, which grow faster in the hot water at the centre of the basin than at the periphery where the temperature is lower. yellowstone national park receives an average of 3 million visitors per year.
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A new study suggests that as our planet slowed and daylight grew longer, one very smelly bacteria soaked up the light and started producing the oxygen needed for life on Earth

Flipping out over new Olympic sports

mark Knight cartoon on Australia winning gold in the BMX at Olympics
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Cartoonist Mark Knight believes new sports like BMX freestyle have fitted right in at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Peter Bol’s inspiring Olympic run

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 12. 04/08/21.  Athletics Finals and Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Australias Peter Bol in the Final of the Mens 800m.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
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He might not have won a medal, but Peter Bol won the admiration of the nation with his daring run in the men’s 800m final in a day of highs and lows for Aussie athletes at the Tokyo Olympics 

Dumped food costing Aussies the Earth

Food Waste
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A new study has lifted the bin lid on how much food we’re throwing away, as researchers call on Australians to stop the waste and stop destroying the planet

Australian turtles in serious peril from plastics

Sea turtles often confuse plastic with their usual foods, causing them to ingest the man-made material. Picture: Paulo Oliveira
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A worrying new study has found that the vast majority of turtles found off the east and west coasts of Australia have swallowed plastics – with juveniles most at risk

Dutch runner was down but not out

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Sifan Hassan of Team Netherlands gets back up after falling over Edinah Jebitok of Team Kenya in round one of the Women's 1500m heats on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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A fall in her 1500m heat did not stop Dutch runner Sifan Hassan fighting her way back to victory in a mighty display of Olympic determination

Girls do better without boys

L-r Sophie Orgill, 17, yr 12, Erin Ellis, 13, yr 7 and Isabella Osborn, 13, yr 8.
Research showing girls from single-sex schools are more mentally tough than boys and girls at co-ed schools. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Girls from single-sex schools are mentally tougher than those who learn with boys, an international study has found

Olympic high jump heroes strike a chord

TOPSHOT - Gold medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim (L) of Team Qatar and silver medalist Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy celebrate on the track following the Men's High Jump Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (Photo by Christian Petersen / POOL / AFP)
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Olympic sportsmanship was on full display when two high jumpers decided to share gold rather than have a 'jump-off' to split their tie in the final

Our greatest Olympic day ever

Emma McKeon wins Gold during the finals of the Womens 50m Freestyle at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Pics Adam Head
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Four gold medals – two in the pool and one each on the BMX track and in sailing – delivered Australia its best day in Olympic history and a new Olympic queen in Emma McKeon

Call to turn off engines to protect kids’ health

April 3, Concerns have been raised about children's safety at pick up and drop off times at Serpell Primary School with issues with traffic and parking congestion reaching breaking point. 
Picture: Stuart Milligan
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Scientists have called for a ban on idling car engines during school pick-ups, warning the pollution is damaging children’s health

Jessica Fox takes gold in historic win

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Gold medalist Jessica Fox of Team Australia celebrates during the medal ceremony following the Women's Canoe Slalom Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It’s the first time women have been allowed to compete in the women’s C1 canoe slalom at the Olympics and Aussie paddler Jessica Fox has become the event’s very worthy first winner

This cliffhanger has a happy ending

Shelby the Rescued Rescue dog. Dalmation x heeler dog Shelby who was rescued by The SES Portland Unit  from a cliff face

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Shelby the rescue dog needed saving again when she found herself clinging to a tiny dirt ledge high above rocks and waves

The world’s biggest sporting event

Kids News Olympics Education Kit artwork for intro story and education kits home page.
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Celebrate the Tokyo Games with 25 fun activities to help kids learn all about Olympic history, traditions, sports and athletes

Coach Dean Boxall deserves a gold too

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 27th of July 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Ariarne Titmus wasn’t the only one to put in a gold medal performance in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Awesome foursomes start Olympic gold rush

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 04. 28/07/21. Rowing Finals at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan.  Australias Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre win Gold in the final of the Womens Four.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Both the women’s and men’s fours started strong and held on, taking rowing gold in two heart-stopping races – and that was before Ariarne Titmus’ late-run triumph in the pool

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
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Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

Golden girl Kaylee did it for dad

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27:  Kaylee McKeown of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Kaylee McKeown made all of Australia proud with her gold medal backstroke swim, but she had one special person on her mind after her victory

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

KIDS NEWS: Canny cockatoos in Sydney star in a new scientific study showing off their sophisticated foraging skills. Picture: Dr Barbara Clump/Max Planck Institute.
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Sulphur-crested cockatoos have emerged as expert foragers, as a new international study tracks them opening bin lids all over Sydney using their tailor-made technique

Little Shop toys dumped in push to cut plastics

Coles Little Shop promotion.
Beau, 7 and Lola, 5 Colless from Palm Beach with Coles minis.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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The popular Little Shop collectables have been permanently scrapped as Coles moves to reduce plastic waste and become more sustainable

Titmus triumph delivers more Olympic gold

Australia's Ariarne Titmus wins gold in the Women's 400m Freestyle final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Pics Adam Head
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Aussie swim star Ariarne Titmus, who is nick named the Terminator, captured Australia’s second gold medal in an epic win over a US great at the Toyko Olympics

Reef avoids ‘in danger’ listing for now

August 9: Scuba divers explore coral gardens teaming with fish life on Saxon Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
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The Great Barrier Reef will not immediately be added to the World Heritage Committee’s ‘in danger’ list but the government must show enough is being done to protect the natural wonder

How healthy is your breakfast?

Finn, 4, and Olive, 23 months, enjoy a health breakfast. TODDLERS who have a less healthy start to the day are more likely to be overweight by the time they start school, new research as revealed. Picture: Mark Stewart
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A new Melbourne study shows that eating a healthy breakfast declines for children aged between 18 months and five – and researchers hope to learn why

Women’s 4x100m team grabs gold and world record

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: (L-R) Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell of Team Australia pose after winning the gold medal in the Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Golden girls Cate and Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris made a spectacular splash in the pool as Australia scored three medals in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics

Pfizer jab approved for Aussie kids

Boy and vaccine syringe
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Australian children aged 12 to 16 are set to get Covid-19 vaccinations after the country’s drug regulator gave the green light to Pfizer

First graphic novel in The Last Kids on Earth series

The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House by Max Brallier and illustrated by Jay Cooper, Lorena Alvarez, Douglas Holgate and Anoosha Syed. For Kids News book club July 2021
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The Last Kids on Earth Thrilling Tales from the Tree House is our Book Club offering this month. Enjoy a sneak peek of the graphic novel